UNBEATENS NORTHWOOD, ORANGE TO CLASH IN HILLSBOROUGH
There was little to no doubt that the area’s top high school football conference this season would be the Big Eight 3-A.
With returning state 3-AA champion Southern, state 3-AA semifinalist Orange and 2013 playoff teams Cardinal Gibbons, Northwood and Chapel Hill all in the fold, things couldn’t have looked brighter for the second-year conference.
Turns out, through four games, the Big Eight might have been undervalued. And tonight, the Big Eight jumps into conference play.
The top four teams in the league — Southern, Orange, Northwood and Chapel Hill — are undefeated (4-0) and ranked no lower statewide than 34th in the 3-A ranks by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
One of those four is assured of suffering its first loss tonight as Orange, which has outscored its four opponents by a combined 144-40, hosts Northwood at 7.
Three of Orange's wins have come at the expense of 4-A programs from the embattled PAC-6.
Northwood has outscored its four victims 172-29 and is ranked 26th (3-A), Orange 13th.
Burlington Cummings’ quarterback Ryan Boswell connected with wide receiver Tevin Smith for a 51-yard touchdown with just 17 seconds to play to lift the Cavaliers to a wild 16-14 victory against Roxboro Person Friday.
South Boston (Va.) Halifax County scored two touchdowns in the first eight minutes and never trailed in a 42-29 victory at Roxboro Person Friday.
Kestrel Heights records historic win ... Granville Central routs Northampton ... Person dismantled by reigning 4-A state champion Greensboro Dudley.
Cedar Ridge interim head coach Clay Jones picked up his first career win after a heartbreaking one-point loss to Carrboro a week ago. ... Danville (Va.) George Washington routs Roxboro Person ... Kestrel Heights breaks down early in Walkertown.
The visiting Panthers of the Big Eight 3-A Conference beat Roxboro Person 27-14. The final score projected a rather convincing Orange win. But the Panthers did not look like the dominant squad Orange coach Pat Moser fielded a year ago, when they played in the state 3-AA semifinals.
Overcoming youth and inexperience will be the biggest challenge facing Person coach David Kleine as he gets the Rockets ready for the upcoming season.
The PAC-6 4-A announced its spring sports all-conference teams Thursday and, not surprisingly, PAC-6 champions dominated the coach of the year and player of the year honors.
Jordan track coach Chris Starkey is hanging up his whistle to pursue opportunities as an assistant principal, which made winning the boys’ PAC-6 title in his final meet all that sweeter.
Just in the nick of time for its seniors, the Jordan boys’ track team finally won a PAC-6 4-A Track & Field Championship. Hillside’s girls overpowered the field and grabbed the girls’ PAC-6 title, senior long jumper Imari McLean leading the way.
PAC-6 Track & Field Championships reduced to one day (Thursday) at Hillside ... NCCU opens MEAC T&F Championships ... Duke, UNC men's and women's players named to NCAA individual and doubles tennis fields ... More ...
MAX SMITH SWEEPS EAST CHAPEL HILL TEAMMATE ROBERT BOND IN SINGLES FINALS
Max Smith of the state's No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill boys' tennis team beat teammate Robert Bond 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 4-A PAC-6 singles title at the PAC-6 Championships Wednesday.
David Senerchia and /Dillon Leovic of Northern downed their crosstown rivals, Charles Herst and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title.
Each of the finalists, along with the semifinalists they beat to advance to the championship round, have qualified for next weekend's state individual regional state 4-A tournament at Greensboro Page High School.
Area teams lead or share leads in five of six conferences that include area high school interscholastic athletic programs after the winter season in Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday announced its brackets for the state 1-A/2-A/3-A/4-A boys’ basketball tournaments which begin Monday night. No. 1 seeds went to the Chapel Hill (3-A) and Granville Central (1-A) girls and to the Orange (3-A) boys.
Northern put together a complete victory over Roxboro Person in the boys’ semifinals of the PAC-6 Tournament here Thursday, winning 92-63.